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1  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: New Law Would Let Arizona Treat Organized Dissent as Organized Crime on: Today at 04:54 AM
Grammar.


Leave Frazier out of this.
2  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: New Law Would Let Arizona Treat Organized Dissent as Organized Crime on: Yesterday at 02:58 PM

 What would be the moral or legal basis for that?


Remember, you are taking about elected Republicans. Neither of those words is particularly relevant.
3  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Yesterday at 02:54 PM
Is that how he's going to make Florida great again?

HEY! Our alligators aren't billionaire donors.
4  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Feb 27, 2017, 05:10AM
I tried posting this story from the Guardian, but it was too long. This might be the most depressing and alarming thing I've read in a long time.


https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/26/robert-mercer-breitbart-war-on-media-steve-bannon-donald-trump-nigel-farage?CMP=share_btn_link

Amazing, and, as you say, depressing and outright scary.
5  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Feb 26, 2017, 08:13AM
I'm disappointed Donald has decided to not attend the White House Correspondents Dinner.

He was so unfunny at the similar Al Smith Dinner in October that I'm sure he would have been equally painful at this one.

I'm thinking that Pence goes in his place.

From FB;

THIS JUST IN:
WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT'S DINNER BOOKS ALEC BALDWIN TO COVER FOR TRUMP, WHO IS TOO AFRAID TO ATTEND.
TICKET SALES SOAR

I can only hope it's true!

6  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Feb 25, 2017, 07:37AM

  The new President ran and won fair and square, until proven different, mostly because he thinks he can make this country [U.S.A.] better.         
 

He won. THere is plenty of proof out there to make the "fair and square" part highly debateable.
7  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Feb 24, 2017, 06:25AM
This week's Column......

Projection

“Psychological projection is a theory where people defend themselves against their own unconscious qualities by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.” (Wikipedia)

 
The best example of this in America today is the White House/ GOP (Government of Putin) claim the protests going on at Congressional town hall meetings are, “a very paid, astro-turf-type movement”. While there is no evidence this is true, it is a perfect description of how the TEA Party was formed.

 
After the drubbing the GOP (not the Government of Putin then) received in the 2008 election, Dick Armey, aided by the unlimited coffers of the Koch brothers, did, indeed, plant the seeds of the TEA Party by organizing and funding the town hall protests against the ACA in the summer of 2009. It was a common occurrence to see buses off-loading protesters who were provided with talking points, often lies like “death panels” and “socialized medicine”, to disrupt the meetings, and create the image of an unhappy electorate.

 
It was a truly manufactured movement that took months to germinate and grow into a political force. But, it worked. It inflamed the low-information base of the GOP (not the Government of Putin then) and turned them out in the 2010 mid-tem elections, reversing the changing balance of power 8 years of the Bush administration had engendered.

 
Today’s GOP (Government of Putin) is projecting that same astro-turf manufacturing onto the massive uprising the election of Drumpf has provoked. Nothing could be further from reality. This is a truly spontaneous eruption of denial and outrage from a populous shocked out of their lethargy by the election of one so unfit for the position.

 
In this case, there are no buses, there are no paid provocateurs, there is no outside funding. There are social media guidelines on how to organize and be effective posted by concerned ex-Congressional staffers, of both parties, and massive interest in how to really “take our country back”.

 
More than 3500 groups have already been formed, with more sprouting up every day, to resist the fascist agenda of the Drumpf regime. The organizational meeting for “Indivisible/ Deland” attracted more than 200 people in our little community.

 
At this point, neither party is in position to seize the energy of this tidal surge. Republicans are goose-stepping behind Drumpf, and the Dems are in complete disarray. But, the movement is real, and it will persist.

8  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Feb 21, 2017, 12:55PM
Does it have to be one or the other?

The primary risk of terrorism in this country comes primarily from people living here who become radicalized. Trump's drumbeat of anti-Muslim rhetoric increases the likelihood of that happening and makes us less safe, not more.

The 9/11 attacks were perpetrated by foreigners, but they were from Saudi Arabia, which is not on Trump's list, and crossed the Canadian border. He's banning the wrong countries, and building the wall in the wrong place.

The primary risk of terrorism in this country comes from Christian Right-wing White Supremacists.
9  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Feb 21, 2017, 06:41AM
Wish I knew how to post the actual photo.....

https://scontent.ftpa1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16864304_10210267669660449_5149324368728656384_n.jpg?oh=d06eac6120715c77f7c0bcea533b1049&oe=5948C059

10  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Feb 20, 2017, 01:44PM

They, like everybody else (in Sweden) PRETTY MUCH EVERYWHERE, are trying to figure out what Trump is talking about! :-P


Then, there's this......

https://bluelivesmatter.blue/officer-peter-springare-sweden-migrant-crime/
11  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Feb 18, 2017, 08:08PM

One thing to remember about the 'media': regardless of what the left and right both seem to believe, it's not monolithic.


Well,...............90+% of it IS owned by Time-Warner/ Disney/ Murdoch/ Bertelsmann/ and Viacom. Where do we go to find real, unfiltered information? It's not an idle question. (But, it is a rhetorical question)
12  Teaching & Learning / Practice Room / Re: Bebop Lines & alternate positions on: Feb 18, 2017, 07:57PM
Go to 2:30  of this video......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qChtz-3LhT0&feature=youtu.be
13  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Feb 18, 2017, 02:15PM

Trumpistanians


I prefer Trumpanzees.
14  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Feb 18, 2017, 09:27AM
Gotta love Bill Maher....."President Trump, or, as the Russian's call him, "Agent Orange"'. Best line I've heard in a long time!
15  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Feb 17, 2017, 06:02AM
Onward.....

Who's Lying?


This should not shock anyone, but, Donald Trump is lying. The question is, Donald Sr. or Donald Jr? My money is on Drumpf, the elder.

In a long, rambling, Alternate-Fact ™ filled news conference yesterday, President Drumpf stated, "Russia is a ruse. I have nothing to do with Russia. Haven’t made a phone call to Russia in years. Don’t speak to people from Russia. Not that I wouldn’t. I just have nobody to speak to." So, there’s that.

But, in a 2008 speech to a real estate conference in NYC, Donald, the younger, said, “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” The statements are mutually exclusive. One or the other of them is an out and out lie.

Since the Drumpf’s, and their organization, had no ties to the US government in 2008, and the ties of the Drumpf campaign and administration to the Russian government are under scrutiny today, it would be hard to make a case for it being Donald Jr. who was prevaricating. He had no reason to.

His Dad, on the other hand, is dealing with an ever tightening web of evidence with the potential to blow up into a Constitutional crisis that will make Watergate seem like a shoplifting violation in comparison. One of his prime appointees has already been forced to resign over the issue, and several others are implicated in ongoing reporting.

Of course, the issue could be largely defused with the simple release of Drumpf’s tax returns. Presumably, they would show whether or not connections, and/or indebtedness, exist between Drumpf and the oligarchs of Russia. But, Drumpf continues to refuse to take this action every other President in the modern era has.

And, GOP (Government of Putin) Congressmen in the House have refused to invoke a 1924 law that would allow Congress to review those tax returns in closed session to determine if such conflicts of interest exist. They are too enamored of having a rubber stamp in the White House to put the interests of the American people above those of their party.

The same is true of the GOP (Government of Putin) leadership in the House and Senate, who are refusing to initiate a bi-partisan, select committee to investigate Drumpf’s ties to the Russians. It’s time for an Archibald Cox or Kenneth Starr.
16  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Feb 17, 2017, 04:55AM

The fact that there are so many people on here that are this gullible to fake news is what's sad.


Oh, look, isn't that sad? Everybody in the band is out of step except my little Johny!
17  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: What Trump's election means for the rest of the world on: Feb 13, 2017, 05:03AM

A very interesting read.
18  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: What Trump's election means for the rest of the world on: Feb 10, 2017, 06:29PM
And Trump is going to have to eat the cost of the trip so as not to run afoul of the Emoluments Clause :-P

Well, you and I are paying for it.
19  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Our unbalanced POTUS on: Feb 10, 2017, 11:29AM
I should point out that these "dumbasses" you talk about won because half the electorate stayed home.  This was an unusually low turnout (normally 1/3 stay home).  Maybe the Comey letter contributed, or the very high polls for Clinton encouraged her supporters to assume that someone else would carry the load.  Trump won by under 100,000 votes in 3 states, which was enough to swing the election.

Actually, the turnout in this election was the largest in our history based on total votes cast. Percentage wise, maybe not, but I got my ass handed to me on another forum for making that claim.
 
20  Practice Break / Purely Politics / Re: Wake Up, America: Take 3 on: Feb 10, 2017, 06:46AM
THis week's column:

NEVER THE LESS, SHE PERSISTED

“She was warned, she was given an explanation. Never the less, she persisted”.

 

This is how Mitch McConnell justified the muzzling of Elizabeth Warren during the Attorney General conformation hearing of Jeff Sessions. It was a political gaffe history may someday mark as a pivot point in the pendulum swing of American politics.

 

Warren was in the process of reading a letter penned by civil rights icon Coretta Scott King excoriating nominee Sessions to the Senate during his Federal Judgeship confirmation hearing in 1986. A hearing, it should be noted, in which his appointment WAS NOT approved due to racially discriminatory actions he had undertaken as a Federal prosecutor and State Attorney General in Alabama.

 

In muzzling Warren, McConnell invoked Senate Rule XIX which states “no Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.” It’s an obscure rule, more than a century old, and evidenced more in the breach than by its application.

 

AS far as can be remembered, the last time it was invoked was in 1979 during an inconsequential dust-up between two back bench Senators. More recently, it WAS NOT invoked when Senator Ted Cruz called McConnell a liar on the floor of the Senate, or when VP Dick Cheney invited Senator Pat Leahy to perform an impossible sexual act on himself, or when Harry Reid called all the GOP Senators “Puppets” of GW Bush.

 

Amazingly, it was also not invoked, after Warren was censured, when four male Senators read the same letter in the same hearing. It would appear there is something special about Warren to the GOP (Government of Putin) leadership in the Senate. I suspect it is fear.

 

The reality of the episode is, it took an obscure letter from 30 years ago that would have gone largely unnoticed and gave it an immediate viral presence nationally. IT also gave Senator Warren a huge platform from which to espouse her views to an eager audience.

 

One thing we have seen since the inauguration of President Drumpf is the activation and mobilization of women against the long term misogyny demonstrated by Drumpf and his administration. As the old saying goes, “if Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”.

 

McConnell has inadvertently coined the anthem for the new, Progressive resistance to Drumpfism……

 

“Never the less, She Persisted”.
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